It has been amazing year of publicity for the region with numerous major publications acknowledging the region’s wonderful attractions.
First in January the New York Times declared the Margaret River region as Australia’s next hot place.
“The region has all the elements needed to draw hungry (and thirsty) tourists. It is stunningly beautiful, and while it is one of the youngest established wine regions in the world (at around 50 years old) it is quite robust”
Then in July Lonely Planet named Margaret River and southern WA as the number one destination in the Asia-Pacific.
“Take one look at Meelup Beach and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life: the West Australian bush parts to reveal ocean the hue of a Bombay Sapphire bottle, which is typical of the coastline stretching from Margaret River to the state’s south. Beyond the sand, some of the country’s slickest wineries, breweries and restaurants lie between tracts of tall-tree forest and kangaroo-dotted farmland.”
Finally in August Yallingup was named Australia’s top town by Australian Traveller beating out competition including Noosa, Broome and Byron Bay.
“…its transformation in the past decade from an under-the-radar beach town with a reputation that hasn’t spread much further than the surfing community to a destination attracting worldwide attention has been spectacular.”
With upgrades to Busselton Margaret River Airport almost complete and domestic services on track to commence in 2020 it is expected that improved access to the region will provide a welcome boost to the local tourism and hospitability sectors.